Crusader Connections

Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

March 15, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

March 17: Happy St. Patrick's Day & SMECO Math Challenge

March 18: End of 3rd Quarter

March 23: School Retreat

March 23 - 26: Spring Social/Auction Events

March 25: Maryland Day Celebration

March 26: Spring Social/Auction (virtual) Ends

March 29: Report Cards Posted on Portal

April 7: Grandparents' Day, Art Show & Music Showcase

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FAW Wins Another Award!

Congratulations to Father Andrew White School who has received the 2022 Best of Leonardtown Award in the Private School category by the Leonardtown Award Program! The Leonardtown Award Program states that "recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value." We are so proud of all of our accomplishments due to the dedicated and caring staff and our wonderful and supportive families. Go Crusaders!

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February Virtue of the Month Winners: Honesty

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Wear Colorful Socks to School next Monday, March 21st!

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Retreat Reminders

School Retreat

Our staff and students in grades K-8 will go to Camp Maria next Wednesday, March 23rd, for our annual school retreat. Students are to wear their P.E. uniforms and tennis shoes. Everyone will need to bring a bag lunch and a drink (no soda or glass bottles please). Even if it rains and the event gets postponed, all students will need to bring a packed lunch.

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Uniform Survey

Father Andrew White is looking into updating our uniform and we would like your feedback! Please complete the short survey below so we can get a better understanding of the needs and wants of our students and their families. Please note that if there is a change in uniform, there will be two transition years, when students have the option to wear the current uniform or the new uniform. Thank you so much for your time!

Click HERE to complete this short uniform survey.

Quarterly Volunteer Hour Reports

As we approach the end of the third quarter (this Friday, March 18th) we want to remind you to log your volunteer hours via our online recording form. After the quarter ends we will begin generating and printing our third quarter volunteer reports that will show your progress towards the goal. As the school year nears closer to the end, there are less opportunities to volunteer. Please be on the lookout for ways to help with any upcoming events to stay on track to meet your 35 hours/year goal. Thank you for submitting your hours in a timely manner!
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SCRIP Gift Card Program


Each family who accepts reduced tuition in exchange for service hours must also earn $50 in REBATES for the school through the SCRIP gift card program. The deadline for service scholarship families to earn the required $50 in rebates is March 31, 2022. Please reach out to if you would like to inquire about your balance. Families will be billed for their rebate shortages accordingly.

Once you have earned $50 in rebates, 75% of any additional rebates earned can be credited to next year's tuition or this year's 8th grade class fund. Please click on this link to direct where your proceeds should go.

BOOST Scholarship Information

Families that are not currently receiving a BOOST Scholarship but would like to apply, the instructions are available on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website. This is the link to the application information:

School Store - Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to shop!

All items will be on clearance! This quarter, some of our middle school students are operating a school store. They are learning how to take inventory, markup items for profit, and manage the ins and outs of a business. The school store will be open tomorrow for the last time during their elective class time. Items cost anywhere from 25 cents to $8. Please encourage your children to visit the school store! Kindly send in an envelope with money, marked with your child’s name and “School Store” so the middle schoolers know who to expect this week.

FAW Annual Giving Campaign

Father Andrew White School has an Annual Giving Campaign, where we reach out to families, alumni, and local parishioners to raise funds for the school. This year, we are raising funds to "Pave the Way for Kids to Play" as we transition the rear parking lot into an enjoyable recess area for our students. Thank you for prayerfully considering donating to this important fund that directly benefits our children.

Let’s “Pave the Way for Kids to Play!” at Father Andrew White School! Find out details here Thank you!!

Spring Auction Details

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Basketball Playoff Results

Congratulations to both the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams who won their games this past weekend. Our Girls Varsity outscored KCA to win 38-22. Our Boys Varsity beat MCA with a score of 37-17. Our Cheerleaders showed real school spirit as they kept us cheering through both games! We had an amazing turnout of fans! We will let you know when we play again as we advance to the semi-finals! Go Crusaders!

We "HO-HO-HO"PE you will consider donating Santa Shop storage containers!

Recently our Santa Shop coordinator was able to find an amazing sale for next year's Santa Shop and is now in need of storage containers to store the gifts. Please consider buying a storage tote off the Amazon Santa Shop Wish List. Did you know that over 3,000 gifts are bought and donated all throughout the year? Thank you for considering supporting this beloved event in this way.

FAW News Email

Do you have an announcement you’d like to put in our weekly bulletin? Or perhaps you went to a FAW event and you’d like to share some information. We have created an email where you can send pictures, blurbs, etc. This will help us get new items in our bulletin, on our lobby TV, and on our website. Email: Kindly send anything you’d like considered in the Announcements by Friday evening of the week prior.

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Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Art Show!

We will be having an Art Show from 5:30 - 7:30pm on April 7, 2022. Help is needed with checkout during the event. If you would like to volunteer with this task, please contact Mrs. Gavin: Thanks for considering!

Save the Date!

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Fun Run

Get ready for the FAW Crusader Fun Run!!! We are so excited to host this event in person this year! We'll be on the St. Mary's Ryken campus on Saturday, April 9th. The Fun Run will kick off at 8am - gates open at 7:30am and warm-ups by our very own Mrs. Stewart will begin at 7:45am! We will have music, food, and a fun COLOR RUN for the whole family to enjoy, with both 1 mile and 5k options!

We are once again holding a school-wide contest to design the logo for our run, and the winning logo will be printed on the t-shirt everyone receives for participation, as well as a special Fun Run spirit sticker. The winner will also receive a $25 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card! Contest submissions are due this Friday, March 18th.

Online registration is now available; sign up at Registration fees are $20 per participant for the first five members of a family, and then $10 per participant after that. By signing up for the run, you’ll get a goody bag with all the Fun Run essentials- a Fun Run t-shirt, special Fun Run spirit sticker, and other goodies. Everyone who signs up will have a free tag day on Friday, April 8th, the day before the run, to wear your shirt to school. If you sign up after March 31st, we cannot guarantee your t-shirt size request.

Prizes to the class with the highest percentage of students that register, to the class with the highest percentage of students that participate in the run, and to the winner of a raffle for all the students who register!''

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at or consider signing up to help us out the day of the run at

Please reach out with any questions! We can't wait to see you at the starting line on April 9th!

Water Reminder

As the weather gets warmer we encourage everyone to stay well hydrated. Thus, while we do keep extra water in the nurse's office for times when refills are needed, we ask that students please remember to bring water with them every day. Please be sure to send sufficient water with your child. This may mean sending additional bottled water each day or even extras to keep in their classrooms to use as needed. For those sending in reusable water bottles, kindly keep them at a size for small hands.

2022-2023 Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Thank you to the families who have completed the re-enrollment process through the TADS website. Admissions are now open to the public. If you haven’t re-enrolled through, you will need to do so ASAP to secure your child’s spot for next year. If you are not returning, please contact Mrs. Szoch so we know what openings there may be. Families can complete re-enrollment forms through their TADS account online at The easiest way to complete the process, is to click on the link that will be included in your email.

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Community Events

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Help Wanted!

God has blessed each of us with various talents. Are you able to share yours with Father Andrew White School? We are looking for some help from individuals and/or businesses to improve our physical campus. Also, if you or your business would like to sponsor/fund any of these projects we would be forever grateful! If you are willing to help with any of the following, please contact Jaime Weber at

  • replace cracked floor tiles
  • replace ceiling tiles
  • repair drywall
  • repave parking lot near back playground area
  • tidy wiring in gym
  • create a patio for picnic table area
  • make cupboards to cover open shelving in classroom
  • landscaping
  • paint hallways and bathrooms
  • install gate/fence around propane tank
  • fix window closures
  • replace playground benches
  • install taller/stronger net behind soccer goals
  • fix leaky roof

Playground Volunteers

We have open time slots available for recess monitors during the fourth quarter. If you are available, please consider signing up. Your child will love to have you here!! Access the sign-up here.

FAW Crusaders Spirit Store

Great news! We can now place FAW Spirit Gear orders throughout the year! Click on the link to shop today!

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Weekly Reminders:

❏ Create an account and start bidding on our Auction items (today)

❏ Send in money for School Store (tomorrow)

❏ Wear fun/colorful socks (Monday)

❏ Order Spirit Gear while it's on sale (before 3-22-22)

❏ Complete Uniform Survey

❏ Service Scholarship Families --> Complete Rebate Form

❏ Send in clean cans for Grandparents' Day project

❏ Sign up to help at our Spring Auction and Fun Run

❏ Register for the Fun Run

❏ Re-register through your TADS account online

❏ Donate to our Annual Giving Campaign

❏ Send news and pictures to

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider volunteering your talents to help improve our campus

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